Soup’s On Sundays / Irish Minestrone

My original intent for this soup was to be a Potato, Bacon and Cabbage concoction of sorts. Instead, I ended up with something a bit more savory and a little nontraditional; hence the name: Irish Minestrone. Thick with potato, bacon, cabbage and tomato, be sure to save this soup for a chilly day and I promise it’ll hit the spot. Hearty, peppery and full of Irish flavors this quick-fix soup is simple and satisfying.

Ingredients
1/2 lbs Bacon
2 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 box Chicken Stock
1/2 Cabbage head, chopped in thin slices
1 Bay Leaf
Salt & Pepper

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6

Kitchen Utensils
Cutting Board
Knife
Soup Pot
Can Opener
Large Spoon

This will be quick and painless. Start the bacon in the bottom of the soup pan and cook until crispy. Remove to paper towels and remove excess grease from the pot until you have just a thin layer on the bottom. Add your cubed potatoes, tomatoes, bay leaf and chicken stock and let boil until potatoes are tender. Remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to make sure your broth is the way you like it. When the potatoes are tender, add the cabbage slices and crumble the bacon into the soup. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so and then you’re ready to serve. That’s it. Super easy, right?

If you want to kick this soup up a notch, I’d recommend putting in tablespoon or two of Thai Chili Paste. It’s the same seasoning they use for Thom Yum soup and it’s delicious, would add a nice tangy heat to the flavor profile. I’m not sure that you’d still call it Irish Minestrone at that point, so maybe I’ll have to try that next time and come up with some clever. Bain sult as do bhéile!

Irish Minestrone with Soda Bread wedge

Irish Minestrone with Soda Bread wedge

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~ by wintersm on May 2, 2012.

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